Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Beavers Trial Gets the Gang Back Together

Beavers Trial Gets the Gang Back Together

Attorney Sam Adam and his firebrand son Sam Adam Jr. proved to be a thorn in the side of the U.S. Attorney's Office when they tried Rod Blagojevich.Perhaps that's why indicted Cook County Commissioner William... Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:35 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Fitz Takes His Victory Lap

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald hosted a press conference following the Blagojevich verdict. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Fitzgerald Should Quit Trying Blago

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result, then U.S Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald is insane. Read »

Thursday, Sep 9, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Spare the Rod

Spare the Rod

The Tribune asked 600 voters their opinion on a second trial. Just 54% want more. Read »

Thursday, Jun 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Illinois, This Is Your Life

Illinois, This Is Your Life

Blagojevich's ultimate reality show will remind voters how dirty Illinois politics is. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

Showdown

Blago challenged Pat Fitzgerald. Today we'll find out if he takes the bait. Read »

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Santiago Proffer's a Parody, But Rod: Shaddup

The Santiago Proffer's a Parody, But Rod: Shaddup
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Blago's lawyers say they don't want their case tried in the media. Tell the client. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .